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Eastern Europe is tipped to be 2017's hottest travel destination, but the region's exceptional architecture, unspoilt beaches and cultural diversity are also making it increasingly popular with those looking for the ideal holiday home.

There are a wide range of destinations to choose from, each with their own unique draws.

Take Poland, for instance, and the Masurian Lakes in the north east. This area offers stunning scenery and exciting opportunities to get an adrenaline fix. And when you tire of water sports, just head to the Tatra Mountains in the south east for a spot of skiing.

If idyllic island living is more your cup of tea, you've got to check out Estonia. There are over 1,500 islands to explore, with the largest of them all (Saaremaa) boasting a mix of deserted beaches, spas and folklore. With flights to Tallinn starting at around £70, visiting a potential holiday home in the nation also has the benefit of being highly affordable.

And, of course, there's Croatia. Budget flights have played a big part in Croatia's increasing popularity over the past few years, as have the abundance of music festivals held in the nation. If you'd rather a more peaceful retreat, the rural locations situated on the Istrian peninsula offer exactly that. With national parks, hilltop villages and Roman amphitheatres, you'll find plenty to occupy your time during your holidays. Property prices in Croatia also fell for six consecutive years until 2016, meaning it's still possible to find a bargain holiday home as the market slowly recovers.

When it comes to buying property in any of these Eastern European locations, finding a property that offers great value for money and getting an excellent exchange rate is key. Currencies Direct can help you get more for your money with their bank-beating exchange rates*, fee-free transfers and range of specialist services.

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